Aasia Bibi blasphemy case: Latest development reported in SC

Aasia Bibi blasphemy case: Latest development reported in SC
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ISLAMABAD - New developments have been made in the blasphemy case relating to search row convict Aasia Bibi.

The Supreme Court (SC) has fixed the hearing of the Aasia Bibi case for October 8. A death-row prisoner, Aasia was convicted of blasphemy in November 2010.

Notices were also issued to the prosecutor general of Punjab and others by the registrar’s office. A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, will hear the case.

Saiful Malook, counsel for the 51-year-old, told media that the apex court contacted his office and sought three paper books of the case. “We will provide the papers today [Friday],” he said.

In April, Chief Justice Saqib Nisar expressed intent to take up the case of the death-row prisoner. Addressing Malook, he had said: “Your appeal in Aasia Bibi [case] is going to be fixed soon as I myself will preside over the bench.”

In June 2009, Aasia was involved in an argument with a group of women. Subsequently, she was accused of blasphemy.

In 2010, lower court awarded her capital punishment. In 2014, the Lahore High Court upheld her death sentence. However, the apex court had issued stay order on her execution in July, 2015.

Her case was last heard on October 13, 2017 by a three-judge bench of the top court headed by the incumbent CJP and comprising Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rehman and Justice Manzoor Ahmad Malik.

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